Jeffrey Gerrish

Jeffrey Gerrish

Partner, National Security; International Trade; CFIUS

Jeffrey Gerrish focuses his practice on providing legal and strategic advice to clients on a broad range of international trade and investment matters, including trade agreements and negotiations, market access, import and export compliance and enforcement, and trade litigation.


Ambassador Gerrish returned to Skadden in 2020 after serving as the deputy U.S. trade representative for Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Industrial Competitiveness. In this role, he formulated and implemented U.S. trade policy for the regions and issues under his purview, led critically important trade negotiations, and developed and executed strategies to address trade barriers and unfair trade practices in countries around the world. In addition, he was responsible for global trade policy in the areas of intellectual property and innovation. Ambassador Gerrish served as lead negotiator for the U.S.-China Economic and Trade Agreement and played a key role in the negotiation or renegotiation of several other major trade agreements, including the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, the U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement. From April 2018 to May 2019, Ambassador Gerrish also served as acting president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, where he developed and implemented major policy initiatives, including an increased focus on programs to aid small businesses.

Ambassador Gerrish helps clients navigate challenges and barriers in international trade and investment. He advises on the market access opportunities and compliance challenges presented by trade agreements, and counsels clients on how to address market access issues, trade barriers and unfair trade practices that affect their ability to export to, operate within or invest in other countries. He develops strategies for clients to open or maintain international markets for their products or services, and he advocates on their behalf before the U.S. government and foreign governments. Additionally, Ambassador Gerrish advises clients on how best to structure their operations and supply chains to avoid supply chain disruptions and take advantage of current trade agreements and structures.

Ambassador Gerrish also works with clients in ongoing negotiations relating to international trade agreements, including negotiations at the World Trade Organization and for bilateral trade agreements. He advises clients on how such negotiations may affect their interests and operations and helps them to develop and execute strategies for the negotiations.

Another important part of Ambassador Gerrish’s practice is working closely with clients in matters involving U.S. export controls and U.S. customs laws and regulations. He has helped a broad array of clients in handling compliance issues, interpreting the scope and applicability of the requirements in these areas, developing and implementing company compliance programs, and resolving internal investigations and government enforcement matters.

Ambassador Gerrish has extensive experience assisting companies in complex antidumping, countervailing duty and safeguards cases and in other high-stakes trade disputes before the U.S. government and foreign governments and international institutions. He has litigated hundreds of cases before the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, North American Free Trade Agreement binational panels and World Trade Organization dispute settlement panels. In addition, Ambassador Gerrish works with clients on national security investigations under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 and in investigations into unfair trade policies and practices before the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. He has achieved highly successful outcomes for clients in these matters in industries ranging from steel to geosynthetics.

Ambassador Gerrish also assists clients in navigating national security reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). In this capacity, he draws upon his experience at the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office, where he advised on CFIUS reviews and helped to formulate the regulations and policies implementing the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act.

Ambassador Gerrish is a frequent speaker on international trade topics. He also was previously appointed (and reappointed) by the chief judge of the U.S. Court of International Trade to serve as a member of the court’s Rules Advisory Committee, and he served as co-chair of the International Trade Committee and a board member of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association. Ambassador Gerrish repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.



  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1994
  • B.A., State University of New York, 1991


  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • North Carolina

Jeffrey Gerrish

Partner, National Security; International Trade; CFIUS